Dernier Bar Avant la Fin du Monde, Paris

Deborah Harkness and I did an event Friday night at a bar called Dernier Bar Avant la Fin du Monde — “the last bar before the end of the world.” It’s a fantasy/SF themed bar in Paris.  We answered questions, did interviews, signed books… Talked to readers…. I’m not saying I walked into the men’s room… Read more »

Window Shopping in Paris

A shop cat.  A cat umbrella in a shop window! Not sure what’s going on here, but I like it.(ETA: I have been reliably informed that the little dudeis Professeur Tournesol (in English, Professor Calculus)from Tintin. Still not sure what’s going on, but thanks B ^_^) Insubstantial ladies.  Immodest insubstantial lady.  If her back hurts,… Read more »

A Few (Extremely Random!) Paris Scenes

If it’s hard to capture the scale of Madrid, Paris is impossible. It just can’t be done with a few iPhone photographs; I’ve barely taken any pictures of buildings at all. What I’ve included here is random and occasionally odd. I also have a collection of window shopping pictures, which will probably be my next… Read more »

Cimetière du Père Lachaise

Lots of famous people are buried in this cemetery – the list is overwhelming (check out the Wikipedia page if you’re interested, and please forgive me for not linking – it’s hard on my phone) – but I was content to seek out two individuals: Oscar Wilde and Frederic Chopin. Ah yes. Good old Fred.  After… Read more »

Visiting Oscar Wilde’s Grave

Oscar Wilde is buried in the Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, around the corner from where I’m staying. To protect the monument from enthusiastic visitors who show their love for Oscar Wilde through defacement and vandalism :), a glass partition has been placed around his grave. People use pen, crayon, lipstick, chalk, whatever, to honor… Read more »

More Pieces

I’m always anxious to spell people’s names correctly when I’m signing books, and in a foreign country where the names and pronunciations are unfamiliar, I really need to see names written in order to understand them. The two French phrases I used most often over the past few days — even more frequently than Désolé,… Read more »

Pieces of My Journey

The more time I spend in France, the more determined I become to spend more time in France. I keep telling myself, “When I have time, I’m going to learn French,” but I think I need to admit that I’ll never have time. What I’m going to have to do is MAKE time. Have you… Read more »

A Flying Post

At midnight ET, when this post is set to publish, I will (presumably) be in the sky, flying to France. You know what was invented in France? The flying trapeze! Obviously, this calls for a trapezey post. Warning! To those afraid of heights: this is a trapezey post! (Hello. Those of you who’ve been reading… Read more »